Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022

October is celebrated as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year’s campaign theme — “See Yourself in Cyber” — demonstrates that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it’s really all about people.

This year’s campaign goal is to have everyone carry out these four action steps to increase online security. 

Think Before You Click: Recognize and Report Phishing: If a link looks a little off, think before you click. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware. 

  • All HU employees should report phishing messages using the "Report Message add-in". More information around that can be found at How do I report suspicious emails?.  We will evaluate each reported message.  If you do not receive a follow up email in 24 business hours, it is safe to assume your email was junk, spam or phishing and it can be permanently deleted.  
  • In effort to raise cyber security awareness, HU sends simulated email phishing attacks to staff and faculty. The purpose of these awareness exercises is to simulate real life examples so we can help everyone identify these types of attacks in the future. Results of these campaigns are posted online - 2022 Q2 - Security Awareness Training Program.
  • Identify Phishing 101 
  • More Email Security Topics 

Update Your Software: Don't delay -- If you see a software update notification, act promptly. Better yet, turn on automatic updates.

  • Microsoft Windows Updates are pushed out to employee laptops and desktops automatically. These updates often provide patches for security vulnerabilities. Act promptly and allow these updated to install by rebooted when required.

Use Strong Passwords: Use passwords that are long, unique, and randomly generated.

  • HU requires all users change their password every 365 days. 
  • More information around HU password management can be found at Password Management.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication: You need more than a password to protect your online accounts, and enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked.

  • HU enforces MFA for all users connecting to online resources. 
  • The suggested second method of verification is the Microsoft Authenticator app.  The Microsoft Authenticator app helps you sign-in to your accounts by clicking matching numbers on your mobile device.
  • More information around setting up the Microsoft Authenticator app can be found at Multi-Factor Authentication & Microsoft Authenticator Application.

More information can be found at See Yourself in Cyber (

Videos around all these topics can be found at the two below links.

Staff & Faculty - Vector LMS, Higher Education Edition Training :: Information Technology ( 

Students -  Vector LMS, Higher Education Student Edition Training :: Information Technology ( 

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